Core tiger areas in India may become human habitation free
A letter from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has asked for references from the field directors of all the 50 tiger reserves, looking ahead to abolish rights of the tribals and forest dwellers as ensured by the Wildlife Protection Act. “In the absence of guidelines for notification of Critical Wildlife Habitats, no rights shall be conferred in Critical Tiger Habitats which is duly notified under Section 38 V(4)(i) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 under the Act cited under subject,” says the NTCA letter dated March 28. The step is aimed at better conservation of the tigers in India — home to over 2,500 or about 70 per cent of the world’s tiger. In 2016, at least 50 tigers and 127 leopards are said to have been poached — highest in the last 10 years.